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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at those with an interest in the legal and regulatory issues around the telecoms industry. It aims to set out the current regulatory themes emerging from the proposed roll out of a new frequency of radio spectrum which will allow telecom operators to offer 4G services to personal computers, television, phones and other mobile devices.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the background to Ofcom’s consultation on roll out of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrums, known as 4G;
  • Understand what is meant by the digital dividend and why it is important;
  • Understand what the 800 MHz spectrum can be used for Know what is meant by re-farming of the frequency;
  • Understand how can additional spectrum be made available by the regulator;
  • Know what services are available on G4;
  • Understand how the 4G marketplace is to be regulated;
  • Know about the EU framework for regulation;
  • Be aware of the domestic concerns about adequate competition between operators and how this can be managed.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Market Update / Hot Topic
Sources and References:
  • Ofcom Consultation on Assessment Of Future Mobile Competition And Proposals For The Award Of 800 Mhz And 2.6 Ghz Spectrum And Related Issues.

This podcast is about the legal issues that are arising from the upgrading of telecoms equipment in the UK from 3G to the new 4G capability. As the analogue signal for television is turned off, there is currently a scramble by operators for additional capacity created in the radio spectrum. This capacity is currently regulated by Ofcom who is charged with managing the switchover smoothly.

Podcast added: 27/5/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-07-30

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